Pay attention to aesthetics

Make sure your CV is well-organized and visually appealing. Include a professional photograph, use legible fonts and formatting, and make sure that the text is reader friendly. Online templates are available to assist you in quickly creating an appealing CV. Remember that your CV is only a brief window of opportunity to make an excellent first impression. Concider your CV to be a 6-second job interview.

Provide your contact details

Check that your phone number and email address are correct and up to date. It’s also a good idea to include a link to your active LinkedIn profile next to your contact information, which can help demonstrate your professional online presence. All of your contact information must be clearly visible on your CV.

Filter personal information

Think about what kind of personal information you should include in your CV. We advise against having information such as your age, marital status, or nationality, as these are generally irrelevant to evaluating your qualifications as a potential employee. By removing irrelevant personal information, you can create a more focused and effective CV highlighting your strengths as a candidate.

Describe your education

According to current trends, education is becoming less and less of a criterion, but it is still relevant. As a result, when listing your educational background, it’s usually enough to include the name of the institution where you received your education and the field of study without going into too much detail. It is also a good idea to mention any important certificates or additional training relevant to the position.

Describe your work experience in a targeted way

Simply listing the job titles you’ve held on your CV isn’t enough when describing your work experience. Instead, provide a targeted and concise overview of your roles, including the tasks and responsibilities for which you were accountable for. Consider whether any of your accomplishments can be quantified with numbers or facts, such as “the number of returning customers increased by 30%.”

What if you lack work experience?

Don’t be concerned if you’re just starting out in your career and have little work experience to include on your CV. Instead, you can concentrate on emphasizing other areas that demonstrate your abilities and potential. You can, for example, provide an overview of your education, including any courses or academic achievements. You can also describe your involvement in extracurricular activities and organizations, as well as any short-term, fixed-term work or volunteer experience, emphasizing the tasks you enjoyed the most and the skills you gained during that time.

Highlight your personal qualities to stand out

Avoid using generic words like responsible, sincere, and professional when describing yourself in your CV. Instead, concentrate on characteristics that are relevant to the job you want. If you’re applying for a management position, for example, emphasize qualities like goal-orientedness and persistence. If you’re going to work in human resources, emphasize qualities like empathy and positivity.

Tailor your CV to the job you're applying for

To increase your chances of success, it’s important to customize your CV for each job you apply for. Take some time to review the job description and adjust your CV accordingly. Highlight your relevant skills and experiences and use keywords that match the job requirements. By doing so, you can show the employer that you’re a strong fit for the position.

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